Brookside Assisted Living in Apex sits in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

It is also home to one registered sex offender.

According to records, there are at least 29 registered sex offenders living in assisted living facilities in 16 North Carolina counties.

“In some respects, we have gotten no further than we were years ago. Finding there is a registered sex offender in housing is public record,” said Nancy Ruffner, who is a professional assisted living advocate. “Also, finding out if that person has guardian or is a ward of that particular county is public record.”

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Registered sex offenders in North Carolina are not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of a school or child care facility. There are no rules in North Carolina that require assisted living facilities to provide any information about their residents.

That leads Ruffner to wonder who, if anyone is minding the store.

In North Carolina, there are no rules that require assisted living facilities to provide information about their residents.

“I would have information on my client and would be finding the proper fit because, with assisted living or adult care home, it is care. So, housing may have some rights and anonymity, but care, we don’t want to preclude access to that.”

CBS 17 did receive a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services:

We expect facilities to have an assessment for every resident, and to have a care plan centered around their care needs, and to take whatever steps may be appropriate to protect the individual and the other residents.

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